New Digital Research Tools (DiRT) Wiki

When Ken and I started this blog, we really were just looking for a convenient way to post pertinent websites for own personal collaborative purposes. This was only a few years ago, but at the time there was no tool (that we knew of) comparable to, say, Google Notebook. We also did not have easy access to a wiki. So, we settled upon a blog. To our surprise, we started attracting visitors, and we have tried to adapt our style and approach to accommodate your interests. Hopefully this has been successful, our periodic lulls in activity not withstanding.

Anyway, if we were starting today, we very well might have began with a format close to what Lisa Spiro has designed with her new "digitalresearchtools" wiki. This site has the potential to evolve into a very useful resource for those of us interested in applying information technologies to enhance research potential, and so I am pleased to put in a plug for it. According to the site's description:

"This wiki collects information about tools and resources that can help scholars (particularly in the humanities and social sciences) conduct research more efficiently or creatively. Whether you need software to help you manage citations, author a multimedia work, or analyze texts, Digital Research Tools will help you find what you're looking for. We provide a directory of tools organized by research activity, as well as reviews of select tools in which we not only describe the tool's features, but also explore how it might be employed most effectively by researchers."

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